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  1. Trump's inauguration was stomach churning enough already, but in my view, what was far more horrifying was the fact that the presidential inauguration is, in 2017, still chocked full of religious benedictions and prayers. Thomas Jefferson must be spinning in his grave. There is supposed to be a figurative wall of separation between church and state. As I often point out, it is only by this wall that we are guaranteed freedom of religion in the United States. And yet, this wall has never been more than a weak, crumbling fence. Regardless of anyone's religion or spiritual views, religion must have no place in our government, laws, and public policies. "One nation under god" in the pledge is not a separation of church and state. "In god we trust" on the money is not a separation of church and state. Prayers and benedictions at the presidential inauguration is not a separation of church and state. Requiring legals oaths in government institutions to be taken while placing one's hand on a bible is an embarrassing and archaic tradition that should have died out when our country was founded. The horrific truth is that, beyond the invention of some pretty nifty gadgets, little has changed since the time of ancient Greece. Compare the following two clips; the first, a scene from a movie depicting ancient Greece, and second, the benediction from Trump's inauguration: (The first 30 seconds or so of this one will suffice.) There is little difference between these two scenes. Imagine the change in tone, the change in reaction, the change in the world, if Reverend Graham had substituted the word "Apollo" for "god". Imagine if the reverend stated that Poseidon had blessed Trump's family, administration, and presidency. Think for a second about what that would have done to the good Mr. Graham's reputation, as well as Mr. Trump himself, and most of the people involved with the inauguration. I don't think I need to elaborate or extend this analogy any further. It should be quite clear how such a statement would be received at a presidential inauguration. And yet, what was said is absolutely no different. The names have been changed. That's it. There's no more evidence for the existence of the biblical god than there is for gods of ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, or anywhere else. It's not like at some point along the way, humanity disproved Zeus but not the god of Abraham. This was not a discovery made in the third century. The fact that a moment from the presidential inauguration of 2017 can sound essentially exactly like a scene from Troy should terrify every one of us. It certainly terrifies me. Go watch Troy. Right now. That's basically our world. Give everyone in Troy a smart phone, and that's the world we're living in. There's really no fundamental difference. Anyone who believes that this is a great exaggeration is either delusional, grossly ignorant, or willfully blind.
  2. so you think you can run ponyvile yourself? well then let see you even try! the rules are simple someone if you are going to run for president you must make a statement on what you are willing to do for ponyvile! and also you must get bro hooves! the one with the most bro hovies in this forum wins!
  3. I have a question to ask. if California leaves the union should we worry about mlp or will it still be fine?
  4. VOTE FOR DERPY HOOVES!!! (Please note that this is NOT a political statement of any kind!) Credit to DesGaming at DeviantArt for helping to come up with this joke.
  5. at work today and seeing bits and pices of the debate a funny idea came across me, each of the mane 6 run for president, I wonder how they will try to sell themselves? (for president nothing more) or who would be the top of the mane 6 in the debates? share your thoughts and heck we could have a fun games out of it or a good lol if all else fails
  6. Nice to hear, I wonder what sort of ideas he has in mind for accomplishing this? Especially after Nintendo announced Project NX. http://www.gamnesia.com/news/nintendos-new-president-says-his-first-job-is-making-sure-wii-u-owners-have
  7. So who is then there are 43 to choose from.
  8. http://site.starlightglimmer2016.com/ I have to congratulate the Lady or the Gentleman, for this very clever idea. Seriously, better her then Trump or Clinton.
  9. Hello all you sexy people of the internet, I was wondering if you could help my good colleague Duke Nukem get votes for hims 2016 republican election,. "As king I... I mean as president I promise to give everyone the balls of steel that I have"... http://cyberkuder.deviantart.com/art/Duke-Nukem-for-President-253137764
  10. I'm just including the big, main villains in the poll for now. Vote, and explain your reasoning in the comments below!
  11. I've been really into this multi-part, mini-series documentary thing on the Sixties and all of the influential changes in the USA during that historic decade. It's, like, ten, or however many, one hour specials, ranging from the space race to the dawn of modern television to the Beatles changing the face of music. But one of the more influential stories is, of course, civil rights. Watching that episode...dude, just blows my mind. I mean, this is nothing I haven't learned before. We've all learned about the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr, etc. We've all had US history classes in high school. Well, those of us who live in the US, at least. But every time I think about those events, and just what a short time ago it was, it really blows my mind. It's not so mind blowing or unbelievable to think about slavery in the time of the founding fathers, or oppression of various ethnicities/sexes in ancient or medieval times or something. It's like, well, yeah, duh. That was thousands/hundreds of years ago. But the civil rights movement in the sixties was just 50 years ago! To think that my parents were alive during that. Wow. Some of the stuff that went on--you can scarcely believe it was so recent. The public segregation, blacks not allowed to vote, blacks being firehosed in the streets by police, being gunned down during freedom marches, etc. I mean, I see that, and my reaction is something like this: But seriously, to think that that kind of sh*t went down within my parents' lifetime is pretty mind boggling. But what's even more mind boggling is just how much we've changed and how far we've come in just 50 years. Now, there's certainly a lot of progress that still needs to be made, ground that needs to be broken, but things are so much better. Think about this--just a mere 50 years ago, blacks were not allowed to vote in many states. Not allowed to vote, to have a say in who the president will be. And now we have a black president. Wow. And I'm not here to debate whether or not he's doing a good job. Basically, in this day and age, it doesn't matter who the president is, everyone seems to hate him. It's such a hard job; I don't know how anyone can do it. I'm thankful for anyone who tries. But the point is, a black man was actually able to become president. Sometimes I forget how big of a deal that is. I mean, it shouldn't be, because there should never be any hate or discrimination. But when you look at what it was like just 50 years ago, it's huge. And just imagine: there's black people alive today that lived through the civil right movements. People who actually marched in those freedom marches, saw others gunned down before them, and now got to live to see Obama elected. Think about what that must mean to them. That's pretty special. And look at the issues we have today: LGBT stuff. Gays are generally pretty accepted today. There's still a lot more ground to cover, but it's not half bad, considering. I mean, you never saw the kind of discrimination against gays like against blacks. You never saw signs up in public businesses: "No gays allowed." Yeah, like I said, lots of ground stll to cover, like legalizing gay marraige everywhere, which is continuing to make big strides forward, so that's nice. But you never saw gays denied voting rights or firehosed in the streets by police. It's a heck of a lot better than the stuff that went on in the sixties. We've come a long way in just fifty years. Normally, I think that amount of change takes a lot longer. I think a big reason for the speed of the change is technology--the connectedness of the world. During the sixties, many parts of the country, like California, where my parents lived, were largely unaware of how bad things were in the south. With the dawn of the internet and the world being instantly interconnected, everyone was made instantly aware of everything. When the whole country sees what's going on in certain places, I think people decided, "we're not gonna put up with this anymore." It really was a big change in a relatively small amount of time. At the very end of the documentary, then showed this one black guy giving a speech toward the end of the decade. I don't know who. Not MLK. Just some dude. Not important. Anyway, he said something that blew me away. Keep in mind, I'm paraphrasing here, but this is really, really close to what he said. So, he says, "All of the people that have died during this movement, all of the work that has been done and the progress that has been made, all of it will be in vain if, when the time comes and the opportunity arises, when the door opens, if young black people are not ready. We must be prepared. We must be ready to step up and take the opportunity. I believe that there might well be a young black child, about 5 years old today, watching this speech right now, and that child might one day run for president." Wow. That made me tear up a bit. I don't usually get choked up at that kind of thing, but I definitely got choked up. I never knew anyone said something like that at the time. That makes me proud. Sure, things aren't perfect, and most days I just feel depression, despair, and countless I-don't-want-to-live-on-this-planet-anymore moments. But sometimes it's nice to look at the good and see how far we've come. Now there's two things we need next: a female president (that's long overdue), and then an openly gay president. Or how about two birds--a openly gay female president. There ya go. I know, that's asking too much. A gay president is probably a long ways off. But watching that documentary and seeing how far we've come in 50 years--you can't tell me it's not possible. Think where we might be in another 50 years. Watching that guy's speech gave me a very rare, and much needed, feeling of hope for humanity.
  12. Source: United States: President Obama.
  13. I only just realized something. Since the ruler of an entire land is now only a director for a school, who does lead the land that the equestrian humans live in? Is there some sort of president or king for the land? Also, is the land's name still "Equestria?" What is the name of the town the school is in? There are so many things that can be asked about what may or may not be outside of Canterlot High. When one only reveals a minuscule amount of information in a new dimension, I have to wonder what else there is. What do you think?
  14. You know how when a political election is on the horizon, people like to dig up dirt on the politicians so they can possibly make or break their campaign with info about what they were like when they were younger? What if, in about 20 years from now, one of those politicians running for president was previously a brony? And not just a casual one either. He/she would have been deeply into the fandom at the time that the show was popular, and he/she had even written a fanfic or two. Do you think that information could cost someone the presidency? There are still a good portion of people in society who would be a little put off by it, especially if whoever was running for the presidency was into the show when they were 19 or older. What do you think?
  15. So, today is the famous day when the voters of America band together and collectively decide which candidate we want in office for the next four years. Now, of course there's a lot of differing opinions on who should have the job as President of the United States, but I was thinking of something interesting: If the MLP cast (primarily Mane Six, but you can choose background ponies or side characters if you want) were to exist in our world, and run for president, who would you vote for, and why? I'm gonna think about this one before I decide who I would vote into office.
  16. So, after seeing Wreck-It Ralph, I decided to draw President Vanellope. She's still a work in progress though, I'll update when I'm finished. (Sorry about low image quality) Finished: I realize the coloring is pretty bad, forgive me. My pencil crayons suck.
  17. Who or whom would you choose for the next MLPforums moderators? If something like the absence of several mods a few weeks ago happened again, and they need replacements, who do you think they will choose? Why? Will they be a good moderator? To mods: Not saying anything like kicking y'all out.
  18. I recently came across this article about how the Republican party might try to change the way the Electoral College votes of certain states are allocated: http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/on-the-trail/the-gop-s-electoral-college-scheme-20121217 First, to get this out of the way, the article can be argued to have an anti-Republican slant to it, and it can be argued that the Republicans are trying to gain an unfair electoral advantage by advocating proportional allocation only in states where they stand to gain Electoral College votes. It should be noted, however, that each state decides for itself how its Electoral College votes are to be allocated, so the allocation of Electoral College votes must necessarily be changed at the state level. Right now, 48 out of 50 states allocate their Electoral College votes by a winner-take-all system, that is, whichever candidate receives the highest percentage of the vote in the state receives ALL of the state’s Electoral College votes. (Also recall that each state has a number of Presidential electors equal to the sum of its Representatives and Senators, with Washington, D.C. also having 3 Presidential electors.) The new proposal would allocate a state’s electoral votes in a two-fold manner: each congressional district in the state gets one Electoral College vote according to the winner in that district, and the remaining two Electoral College votes are allocated according to the statewide vote. This proposal is interesting and seems to have several pros and cons. The proposal could theoretically result in better representation in the Electoral College of how each state’s voters voted; that is, rather than a candidate with 50.1% of the vote in a state receiving 100% of its electors, the congressional district results could better reflect the voter’s local/regional preferences in the state. The proposal could also greatly reduce or eliminate the phenomenon of having a handful of swing states decide the presidential election, as it happens currently with the winner-take-all system in most states. The proposal does place a much greater importance on the drawing of congressional districts, which is already a contentious and hyper-partisan process, and makes electoral votes susceptible to gerrymandering by either party in each state. The proposal also could merely shift the focus from swing states to swing districts, with a relative handful of swing districts receiving most of the attention and perhaps deciding the election. What do you think? Would this proposal of proportional allocation of Electoral College votes by congressional district be an improvement over the current winner-take-all system in each state? Do you think there is a different, better way of allocating each state’s Electoral College votes (e.g. proportionally by percentage of statewide vote)? And if (as I anticipate of some here) you advocate disbanding the Electoral College, why is that preferable? How would you respond to some of the criticisms of doing this? For example, the Founding Fathers deliberately chose not to make this country a pure democracy (i.e. a mobocracy), and argued against it. The building blocks of the United States and its federal system are the states, and so the states should retain their independent power to elect the President and Vice President. A national popular vote could lead to presidential candidates winning by appealing only to certain regions of the United States, certain demographics, and/or urban population centers at the expense of all other voters. Finally, if the margin of victory is small enough, a national recount of the vote could be a nightmare, dragging on for months with both parties trying to take advantage of errors and miscounts to throw out votes and try to swing the results their way. Please try to debate this issue on its own merits, that is, try to refrain from needless partisan bashing, and thanks for reading!
  19. Someone who has been devoted, and/or posted meaningful stuff, can be the forumer of the month, having their names listed ceremoniously on the front page. Well, it might be embarrassing and pointless But it could also be a huge honor. Got this idea from one of the threads.
  20. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: Prepare yourself for products that could only be found in america. Also some stuff about politics that I don't really care about.
  21. With all of the recent political controversy in the United States presidential race between the two candidates and a bit of inspiration from , I've come up with an original idea for a video that I think could be hilarious! Basically, it's a satire of American politics which takes the form of a political ad which advertises Gummy for president. Here's a rough draft of the transcript for what I imagine would be playing along with patriotic music and images of Gummy and American visual themes. Narrator: "Are you tired of being forced to choose between two corrupt candidates? Do you want a leader who will not and cannot take money from lobbyists? This candidate has never voted in favor or against any war, or for or against new taxes on anyone. He has, in fact, never voted on anything In a time of crises he will take the unprecedented, humble position of doing absolutely nothing instead of taking power for himself, unlike other politicians [images of Bush, Obama, and others fade in and out in the background] and he will keep our nation safe merely by being so adorable that no government will even want to attack him or anything he represents. This November, cast your vote for the one candidate without a record of corruption or abuse. Vote for Gummy, and you won't be disappointed with high expectations or outrageous campaign promises. Gummy; right for Equestria, right for America." Any thoughts or opinions so far? I also would appreciate some advice on good software to use and would always be open to receiving some help in other forms. Thanks!
  22. Let's put a pony in the white house! This is what happens when I'm bored. You all should make your own